Acute knee injuries are knee injuries that occur suddenly, such as when the victim falls awkwardly or trips and twists the knee.  It is not surprising that Kansas City slip and fall accidents often result in knee injuries. This article contains an overview of common knee injuries.
 
Acute knee injuries include:
 
• Knee sprain
• Torn knee cartilage
• Ruptured knee tendon
• Knee fracture

 
Knee Sprain / Torn Ligament / Torn ACL

 
There are four ligaments that stabilize the knee.  The ligaments on the outside of the kneecap can heal easily. The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is the ligament located in the center of the knee. It is the ligament most likely to be injured.  
 
Symptoms of torn ACL:
 
• Knee may give out suddenly with a popping sound
• Knee pain
• Swelling
• Stiffness
• Bruising
• Pain when walking
• Knee feels unstable

 
Ligaments in the center of the knee rarely heal by themselves because there is little blood supply to that area. These injuries require physical therapy and may possibly require reconstructive surgery.
 
Torn Knee Cartilage / Torn Meniscus 

 
The meniscus or meniscal cartilage is a spongy shock absorbing material that separates the thighbone and shinbone.  Vertical meniscal tears can occur when the knee is twisted. These differ from the horizontal meniscus tears that occur with aging.
 
Symptoms of meniscus tear include:
  
• A popping sound upon injury
• Swelling
• Limping
• Pain along the inner or outer side of the knee
• Stiffness
• Swelling
• “Locking” or limited motion of the knee
•  A clicking sound when moving the knee

 
A torn meniscus will usually not heal on its own because the lack of blood supply in its center. Sometimes, a meniscus tear can be repaired with sutures, but usually, damaged area is surgically  torn removed.  
 
Ruptured Knee Tendon /Torn Tendon

 
Tendons attach muscle to bone. In the knee, the quadriceps tendon and patellar tendon connect and cover the knee cap.   A tendon can tear when an accident victim tries to suddenly break a fall using his legs.  
 
If the tendon is completely torn, straightening the leg will be difficult.  The tendon will have to be surgically reattached.   If the tendon is partially torn, the tendon may repair itself if immobilized in a cast for several weeks.   After treatment, accident victims require physical therapy to rebuild tendon and muscle strength.
 
Knee Fractures

 
Knee fractures are caused when the knee receives a direct blow in a  fall. Symptoms include:
 
• Knee pain
• Moderate to severe swelling
• Inability to walk or to put weight on the leg
• Muscle spasms

 
 An X-ray will be taken to confirm the fracture. In many cases, the injury can be treated with a cast or splint.  Sometimes, surgery is required.

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